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Stanford Team Creates Stable Lithium Anode Using Honeycomb Film

Radical Moderate Re:Every month a new battery breakthrough, but.. (117 comments)

This. Compare today's cordless tools to those of the late 90s. Night and day. The battery revolution has been going on for years, but because it didn't happen overnight nobody's noticing.

I expect Slashdot to trumpet every potential battery break-through because it's new for nerds. I don't expect to find those new batteries on the shelf tomorrow because I'm not an idiot. It's a long road from the lab to the market, most brilliant ideas don't make it.

2 days ago
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Siberian Discovery Suggests Almost All Dinosaurs Were Feathered

Radical Moderate Those crazy scientists! (139 comments)

Next they'll be telling us Pluto isn't a planet. Enough with this revisionism!

And by god if Brontosaurus was good enough for Fred Flintstone, it's good enough for me!

4 days ago
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Two Cities Ask the FCC To Preempt State Laws Banning Municipal Fiber Internet

Radical Moderate I'll admit they're better than Qwest(Century Link) (198 comments)

...but that's a pretty low bar. For years with Comcast we had random half-hour outages in the evening. That ended about a year ago, so yay for them for finally dealing with whatever the problem was. I rented a place in California last year that had Comcast internet, but it only worked before 3 PM or so. I suspect the problem in both cases was massive under-provisioning, but if they weren't skimping on bandwidth how could they afford to keep buying up other companies?

4 days ago
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Amazon's Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell

Radical Moderate Why are they getting into the phone business? (168 comments)

Just seems like a bad move. Microsoft has been trying and failing to crack that market for a decade, Blackberry's been pushed out. This is not a market crying out for new players.

4 days ago
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Leaked Build of Windows 9 Shows Start Menu Return

Radical Moderate Yep (346 comments)

After promoting the hell out of Aero and how beautiful it was, they come out with crappy, blocky tiles. What step backwards. It's almost as if they have no respect for their customers.

about two weeks ago
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Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

Radical Moderate Re:More information always better than less. (579 comments)

Agreed. And another point...different pedestrians travel at a variety of speeds. What would be unsafe for a slow-moving person can be plenty of time for someone who's fit and moving quickly. the flashing red doesn't tell us much, it's some engineers' best guess as to what isn't enough time to cross. A countdown is objective and allows us to make our own judgement.

about a month ago
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Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

Radical Moderate Good post, but... (579 comments)

"drivers who don't think the belts are necessary may in fact drive more recklessly while wearing them and thus negate many of the gains"

I don't get the logic on this one. If drivers don't believe in the efficacy of seatbelts, why would they drive more recklessly while wearing them? Maybe they're doing so as a way of sticking it to The Man, I suppose.

about a month ago
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Boston Trying Out Solar-Powered "Smart Benches" In Parks

Radical Moderate Yeah, confusing pics (119 comments)

The first pic seems to be a solar bench that hasn't actually had the solar part installed yet, why the hell would they use that to illustrate the story? And newspapers wonder why they're struggling....

Interesting idea, but these things will disappear about 10 minutes after Cisco gets tired of throwing money at them.

about a month ago
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What To Do If Police Try To Search Your Phone Without a Warrant

Radical Moderate Huh? (286 comments)

What perfectly justifiable reason could they have? Examples please?

Now if you're using "could" as in "I could sprout wings and fly tomorrow right after I win the lottery" then sure, they "could" have justifiable reasons. It's just very, very, very unlikely.

about a month ago
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A Physicist Says He Can Tornado-Proof the Midwest With 1,000-Foot Walls

Radical Moderate You must be new here. (501 comments)

"Why OP threw in the word "around" is beyond me."
Summaries are required to be inaccurate at the very least, outrageously misleading is preferred if you can manage it.

about a month ago
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Toyota's Fuel Cell Car To Launch In Japan Next March

Radical Moderate Re:Five times? (216 comments)

Yes, I like the fuzzy-math lazy reportage. Five times the range of an electric car is meaningless if you don't say which electric car. Heck, Teslas have a variety of ranges depending on which model you buy.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Wants You To Trade Your MacBook Air In For a Surface Pro 3

Radical Moderate Re:See even Microsoft thinks MacBook Airs rule! (365 comments)

Ditto. I've used Windows since 3.1, and my wife's Win8 tablet makes me insane. I'm on my second Macbook Air, absolutely love it, no way I'm trading it in.

about a month ago
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EU's Top Court May Define Obesity As a Disability

Radical Moderate Re: on behalf of america (625 comments)

Was that before or after he gave Hans Blix and his team of inspectors the run of the place and they still couldn't find any WMDs?

about a month and a half ago
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Cockpit Revealed For Bloodhound Supersonic Car

Radical Moderate Re:not impressed (81 comments)

If you were sitting a couple feet off the ground going 500+ MPH, you might be more impressed than you think. And of course it's stupid, but that's not the point.

about a month and a half ago
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Cockpit Revealed For Bloodhound Supersonic Car

Radical Moderate Studded tires? (81 comments)

What could possibly go wrong?

about a month and a half ago
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Seattle Approves $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage

Radical Moderate Re:Minimum wage, a bigger picture (1040 comments)

No. Here's the latest figures:

Apr 2014 $275,800 $320,100
Yes, there was a bubble. It popped, and most markets recovered.

about 2 months ago
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Seattle Approves $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage

Radical Moderate Re:Minimum wage, a bigger picture (1040 comments)

The inflation index usually ignores the cost of housing, conveniently, which happens to be most people's greatest single expense. As you can see, the minimum wage is hardly keeping up:
Median Average
1980 $64,600 $76,400
1981 $68,900 $83,000
1982 $69,300 $83,900
1983 $75,300 $89,800
1984 $79,900 $97,600
1985 $84,300 $100,800
1986 $92,000 $111,900
1987 $104,500 $127,200
1988 $112,500 $138,300
1989 $120,000 $148,800
1990 $122,900 $149,800
1991 $120,000 $147,200
1992 $121,500 $144,100
1993 $126,500 $147,700
1994 $130,000 $154,500
1995 $133,900 $158,700
1996 $140,000 $166,400
1997 $146,000 $176,200
1998 $152,500 $181,900
1999 $161,000 $195,600
2000 $169,000 $207,000
2001 $175,200 $213,200
2002 $187,600 $228,700
2003 $195,000 $246,300
2004 $221,000 $274,500
2005 $240,900 $297,000
2006 $246,500 $305,900

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Won't Bring Back the Start Menu Until 2015

Radical Moderate Re:Too Late Microsoft (516 comments)

" Folks probably would be happy to have the core features of Windows 8 if the menus and buttons looked familiar to the last version. They do not."

While I'm more than happy to criticizeWin8's looks, that's not the crux of the problem. It's the behavior. Randomly switching between Classic and Metro, hidden functions that have to be swiped or god-knows-what if you don't have a touch screen, two control panels, one in Metro, one in Classic, and neither can do everything so you get to hunt within both, and on and on. I don't care for Win8's aesthetics, and am glad to see Yosemite is going in the opposite direction with more transparency and other visual features, but looks are a very small part of it's problems.

And I think you get that, but the sentence I quoted really bugged me.

about 2 months ago

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Microsoft to become more like Apple?

Radical Moderate Radical Moderate writes  |  about 6 years ago

Radical Moderate (563286) writes "Inspired by Apple's recent successes, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer says that MS is changing the way it deals with Dell, HP, and other hardware vendors to create "great end-to-end experiences". No word yet on what exactly that change entails, but analysts are speculating . The Seattle Post Intelligencer has the full text of Ballmer's e-mail. "
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